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Thursday, January 03, 2008

We Will Qualify Or, Um, Die In The Attempt

Having been offered 1 million dollars by the Chinese Football Federation to qualify for the 2010 World Cup Finals, the Chinese national team have taken things one step further.

With typically Chinese seriousness, the national team made a public New Year announcement, in which they "pledge to advance to the World Cup".

Slightly strange, I'm sure you'll agree. But not nearly as strange as this bit, where they "swear by death to kill along the bloody road of defending the honour of the motherland and realise our youthful dreams."

Um. You know this is just a game, right? There really isn't any need to "swear by death" or doing any kind of killing along any "bloody road". I admire the patriotic spirit of the Chinese football team, but isn't this taking things just a little too far.

Oh well, good luck to 'em. They've got to get past Iran, Australia and Qatar first.



posted by mark_s at 8:22 PM


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